Inspection Reports

Government inspections and regular lesson observations ensure high standards are always maintained and result in consistent praise for the teaching and pastoral care, having received no less than six outstanding inspection reports since 2010.

Headmaster. Mike Crossley:

“The  School is delighted to have received such glowing inspection reports on its Early Years, Boarding and school as a whole. To be graded as ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’ is very rewarding and a wonderful reflection on all the staff, pupils, parents and governors.”  

Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall’s national NACE Challenge Award, Gold Schools Games Mark, Healthy Schools Award and Good Diabetes Care in School Award all demonstrate the importance the School places on emotional health and well being. Please follow the link to read more about these awards.

This is one of five outstanding inspections that have taken place at the Taverham Hall site over the past 7 years. The Independent Inspectorate Team, who visited the School in November 2016 for an Educational Quality inspection, reported on the quality of the School’s work.

The inspection focused on the following two key outcomes which both received the highest accolade of ‘Excellent’:

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements, and

The quality of the pupils’ personal development.

Headmaster, Mike Crossley:
“This inspection is a fantastic accolade for the School which is now operating under the new name of Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall. To achieve the highest grading of ‘Excellent’ in both categories is extremely pleasing and demonstrates the continued provision of the outstanding level of education we offer 2 to 13 year old boys and girls. The welfare of all our pupils is our top priority and this praise from ISI endorses the work and care that goes into ensuring that children are able to grow and thrive in a safe, happy environment. This is an exceptionally rewarding report and we are immensely proud of our pupils and staff’s achievements.”

Extracts from the inspection report:

“The reasons they (pupils) cite for their high levels of attainment include: the interesting, practical based lessons; the encouragement provided by staff to ‘have-a-go’ and the extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities which are available to them.”

“In lessons and activities pupils are highly engaged, they enjoy working with others and are aware that team work can enhance their skills. They are supported in their development of these skills through well resourced, imaginative teaching.”

“Pupils’ Academic Attainment is excellent in relation to age-related expectations and pupils’ attitudes towards their learning are excellent.”

“Pupils much enjoy the opportunities they are given to make decisions, such as in the course of their studies and in developing personal skills. Their understanding of the importance of the decisions they make, as determinants of their own success and well-being is developing.”

“Pupils’ success in academic, sport, performing and other arts is a real strength of the school. Pupils benefit from the inclusive approach which enables each individual to achieve their personal best, including those who are especially talented.”

“Pupils’ artistic skills are highly developed as a result of the school’s guidance that enables them to discover and explore their talents.”

“The positive and encouraging culture successfully emphasises the importance of exercise and being outdoors. This leads to an exceptional level of achievement in sport.”

“Pupils’ competence in numeracy is of a high standard, drawn from the strong use of practical problem-solving methods and its application across the curriculum.”

“Pupils from the EYFS onwards are highly articulate for their age and apply strong communication and numeracy skills to other areas of learning, both indoors and outdoors. They have learned to write well through many areas of the curriculum and through enrichment activities.”

“Pupils have made particular strong progress in their reading as a result of the strength of the assessment methods used and the support of senior leadership. This has enabled the introduction of a literacy programme and vertical grouping which commences in the EYFS. These skills are further enhanced by the depth of the languages programme in the school.”

“Pupils develop a strong sense of respect for those within their society and the wider community, partly because the school leadership ensures that planning for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is central to all activities within the curriculum.”

Please follow the link to view the educational quality inspection report..

ISI also undertook a Focused Compliance Inspection for schools with residential provision which reports on the school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards including the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Boarding Schools. The inspection team confirmed that Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall (we cater for day pupils as well as weekly and flexi boarding pupils) is fully compliant and meets all the 8 standards in the schedule to the Education (ISI) Regulations 2014, and the NMS for Boarding Schools 2015.

The 8 standards comprise: Quality of Education provided; Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of pupils; Welfare, Health and Safety of pupils; Suitability of staff, supply staff, and proprietors; Premises of and accommodation at schools; Provision of information; Manner in which complaints are handled; Quality of leadership in and management of schools.

Please follow the link to view the focused compliance inspection report.

In June 2014 ISI inspected the school’s EYFS which was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas:

  • How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend.
  • The contribution of the early years provision to children’s well being.
  • The leadership and management of the early years provision.
  • The overall quality of the early years provision.

Extracts from the inspection report:

“The EYFS has continued to provide the high standards reported in the previous inspection.”

“The School is highly successful in achieving the aim of providing a happy, secure and safe environment.”

“The children’s personal and social development is excellent. They enjoy their learning.”

“The consideration given to each child’s needs ensure that every child can explore and learn imaginative.”

“Children achieve extremely well, with most attaining or exceeding the Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception.”

“Staff provide excellent role models for caring and considerate behaviour and give confidence to both children and parents.”

All staff understand the children extremely well so that they thrive in a very happy and secure environment.”

“Exceptionally strong partnerships with parents and consultations with outside agencies ensure that the children’s needs are fully met.”

“Parents responses to questionnaires and discussion show them to be overwhelmingly supportive of the school. They are particularly confident that their children are well looked after and offered an appropriate range of subjects.”

Please follow the link to view the inspection report.

The School meets all the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2013 which covered all of the following sections:

Boarding provision and care

Arrangements for welfare and safeguarding

Leadership and management of the boarding provision

Extracts from the inspection report:

“Boarders report that they are extremely happy with their boarding experience.”

Parents and boarders say that the school is successful in its stated aim, to ensure the boarders feel cared for, valued and happy and that they leave the school as well rounded, confident individuals.”

“The school’s inclusive ethos ensures that boarders do not experience discrimination.”

Please follow the link to view the inspection report.

In May 2011 Ofsted inspected the School’s social care and boarding environment which was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all of the following areas:

Helping children to be healthy.

Protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them stay safe.

Helping children achieve well and enjoy what they do.

Helping children make a positive contribution.

The organisation.

‘Pupils are provided with an excellent level of care and pastoral support. They are cared for by staff who know them well; their views are sought and they feel listened to. The school provides pupils with a safe and nurturing environment and an extensive programme of activities that contributes to their social and self-help skills.’

‘ Leadership and management are excellent and there is an emphasis on further development and improvement throughout the school community. Staff are highly committed to their roles and pupils benefit greatly from motivated and experienced staff.’

‘Boarders receive an outstanding level of pastoral care across the school community.’

Please click on the following link to view the Ofsted’s Social Care and Boarding report.

In November 2010 the Independent Schools Inspectorate(ISI) team visited the School. In their report the School was described as providing an excellent all-round education’.

‘The well-planned, wide-ranging and stimulating curriculum enables all pupils to reach high standards in relation to their age and ability.’

Additionally, ‘There is an excellent success rate in Common Entrance examinations and Year 8 leavers consistently obtain places in their first choice of senior school, several with scholarships.’

Further areas commented on as excellent:

Excellent leadership and management ensure clear educational direction towards high academic standards and effective procedures at every level.

The provision of extra-curricular activities is excellent.

Pupils’ personal development is excellent.

The quality of pastoral care is excellent.

The quality of boarding education is excellent.

Pupils enjoy an excellent environment.

The school has excellent links with parents.

The governance of the school is excellent.

In addition, the Effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage was rated ‘Outstanding’ in ALL areas:

  • the overall effectiveness of the early years provision – how well the school meets the needs of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • the quality of the provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Please click on the following link to view the ISI report.

In January 2010 the School’s Nursery Department was inspected by Ofsted and the overall effectiveness of the Early Years provision was rated as ‘Outstanding’.

Early Years provision refers to provision regulated by Ofsted for children from birth to 31 August following their fifth birthday – the early years group.

Some of the observations made by the Ofsted inspectors are:

Children have exceptional opportunities to learn about the world around them.

Children are developing skills for the future as they make excellent progress in all areas of learning.

Children demonstrate high levels of involvement in their play and are motivated to learn.

Children’s good health is promoted through excellent opportunities for regular, active outdoor play.

They develop high levels of confidence and self-esteem as they learn to use their own initiative, make choices and be creative.

Please click on the following link to view the Ofsted inspection report.

To view details of the School’s NACE Challenge award, Gold Sports Games Mark, Healthy Schools award, Good Diabetes Care in School award, Forest School and other awards: click here.